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Iconic Performances by Actors of the 2010s

Actors no doubt make movies worth watching. More than anything else, it’s them who draw audiences and it’s their performance that gets the viewers absorbed in the story. So in honor of few of cinematic history’s awe-inspiring performers, ExploreTalent is highlighting the most iconic performances of the 2010s in no specific order.

5 Iconic Performances by Hollywood Actors

5. Hailee Steinfield, True Grit (2010)

Hailee Steinfield

Then 14-year-old Hailee Steinfield burst into the big screen through the film True Grit, and it is safe to say that she completely owned her role as Mattie Ross. Ross is feisty, strong, and brave enough to avenge her family—and Steinfield sure didn’t hold back when bringing her to life. Although she didn’t get to win an Oscar for her role, Steinfield’s take on the role as Mattie Ross is undoubtedly one of the most iconic performances by a young actor in film history.

4. Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips (2013)

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks has been piling up a whole bunch of iconic performances throughout his career, and his role as Capt. Richard Phillips is no different.

In the film, Hanks plays the role of the captain of a US cargo ship that was hijacked by Somali pirates back in 2009. While some aspects of Captain Phillips may have been exaggerated for the sake of cinema, you can still expect it to be a thrill ride because of Hanks’s powerhouse performance. Make sure to watch until the very end, and you just might find yourself in tears.

3. Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Leonardo DiCaprio

The year 2013 was a great one for films, but two performances were snubbed: Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips and that of Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street, who ended up losing the Oscar to Eddie Redmayne. The Wolf of Street is a drama-biography film that centers around the life of former stockbroker Jordan Belfort, whose firm is often involved in corruption and fraud.

2. Octavia Spencer, The Help (2011)

Octavia Spencer

Even though The Help focused more on Emma Stone and Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer‘s role as Minny Jackson is definitely one of the most iconic performances by an actor to date. As Minny, she was outspoken and brave, and this made her stand out in a film that tackled about the Civil Rights Movement and extreme racism during the sixties.

1. Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone (2010)

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence has immense talent, and even the lackluster film projects she has recently been taking can’t dampen that. Before winning an Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook, Lawrence impressed critics with her performance as Ree Dolly in Winter’s Bone. It is a dark and gritty role to take, but it really set the standard on how far Lawrence would go for her craft.

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